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Not 143 years ago today It ain’t necessarily so It ain’t necessarily so The t’ings dat yo’ li’ble To read in de Bible, It ain’t necessarily so. – Ira Gershwin, “It Ain’t Necessarily So” There is a Family Bible owned … Continue reading

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Losing another cousin Susan Hodges Payne Cosner Demitry. 13 July 1954. 15 November 2014. What can I begin to say about those years? How do I begin to say goodbye? How do I begin to describe the twinkling eyes, the … Continue reading

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Another great idea up in smoke Okay. The Legal Genealogist is now officially burned up. I mean really. Officially. And … sigh … in one very important sense, even literally. For one brief moment yesterday afternoon, sitting in the North … Continue reading

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At the Library of Virginia There is so much that The Legal Genealogist could say about this wonderful weekend in Virginia. I could start with a great big “Thank You!” to the Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia (GRIVA) for serving … Continue reading

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Research for another day There is, I suspect, in every family, that one thing you just don’t want to research. The one family story where, in reality, you just don’t want to know what the truth really is. And so … Continue reading

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The infant terrorist There is a special reason why The Legal Genealogist is so very happy to be in Portland for today’s seminar of the Genealogical Forum of Oregon. Two special reasons, as a matter of fact. One of them … Continue reading

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The rest of the marriage story Tomorrow marks the 98th anniversary of the day when a pair of 18-year-olds stood before a Texas judge and exchanged their wedding vows. And a year ago, The Legal Genealogist told the tale of … Continue reading

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Still no answers It was 132 years ago today that one of the family’s mystery ladies passed out of this world, taking her secrets with her. We know her first name — Nancy. And — as The Legal Genealogist first … Continue reading

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That birthday… He was, without exaggeration, the perfect kid to have at the tail end of a very long sibling parade. If you were getting ready to head off in the car, he would always ask the same question: “Can … Continue reading

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The boy in the picture The attic was a place where, it seemed, anything might be found. Old clothes to dress up in. A place to hide when the younger kids were just too annoying. An education in anatomy, through … Continue reading

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